Why It’s OK To Discuss Politics On Social Media
On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, this country will hold one of the most important presidential elections in recent times. Major issues are on the table including, but are not limited to, the global economy, nuclear weapons, human rights, immigration, healthcare, race relations, police and military veteran rights, and the appointment of supreme court justices.
A New Digital Campfire
Social media is the new digital campfire of human civilization. It’s where we share stories, ideas and listen to what others have to say.
For some, the primary use of social media includes posting cat pictures or writing reviews about why one social media platform is better than the other. For others, social media is all about promoting and selling their products and services.
Other people see the value in this new global campfire as an opportunity discuss human rights, religion, and politics. Whatever your passion, and regardless of whether or not others like it, I think there should always be a place for you to pull up a seat and share your thoughts about your topic or passion of choice.
Many people are extremely concerned about this election. Because of this, providing or sharing well-researched facts and opinions relating to the upcoming election and the candidates should be encouraged. Communication, conversation, and meaningful dialog are what make a democratic society a strong and meaningful one.
What doesn’t help our global digital campfire glow warm and bright are the dissemination of false facts, hateful false rhetoric and personal attacks on people instead of a spirited debate on the issues. It seems that personal attacks are now the norm rather than the exception.
Several well-meaning people on social media consistently discourage the discussion of politics. In support of their position they argue it may harm business relationships and hurt profits. Other’s say it just creates too much noise and takes the attention off of other topics.
Well, at the risk of being 100% transparent, this election is just too damn important not to discuss these issues. I think conversation on any important issue is good and not something we should recommend against.
When it comes to creating noise, what in the world is more important, at this very moment, than the upcoming election in November? It’s going to have global implications. I respectfully suggest that there’s a big difference between quality conversations about current events and meaningless banter.
Before I wrap things up, I invite you to think about what John F. Kennedy said during his Inaugural Address on January 20, 1961, when he said, “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
My agenda in life is to take care of my family, friends, and community. I believe that doing this will, in the long-term, help and not hurt my business. This is the approach I try to take in life and it applies offline and on.
When it comes to politics in 2016, I believe there’s a bigger issue we all need to pay attention to than what’s in your own best interest. I believe that doing what you can to help others by sharing accurate, objective and valuable information with your audience will help everyone make the right decision in November.
Along these same lines, where I do see people make huge mistakes is when they post harmful, rude and even racially motivated posts and comments during online political discussions. It makes them look ignorant and stupid and nobody want’s to do business with ignorant and stupid people.
Look, it’s one thing to take a stand and share facts. It’s an entirely different thing to discriminate, threaten harm or call other people names when you disagree with a conversation.
I respect the opinions of other people and will not let who you vote for dictate what I think of you as a human being. Your vote will note determine whether or not I’ll accept you as a client.
On the other hand, one good thing about this year’s election is that it’s given me the chance to block people from my social media accounts because of their racists and hateful views. I don’t want these people in my life, and I’m not interested in doing business with them anyway.
In conclusion, I’m reminded while writing this post of the following:
“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.” –Abraham Lincoln
Opinions are good so long as you separate the people from the issues. Mean spirited, false and hateful online social media political dialog are the tools of fools. And in my world, fools have no place taking up space around our campfire.
Between now and November, please do your due diligence and get the facts. For those of you who are United States citizens, please vote on November 8, 2016!